• diamonds are forever film review main
    13
    Feb

    Diamonds Are Forever (1971) – Film Review

    Director: Guy Hamilton Cast: Sean Connery, Jill St John, Charles Gray Certificate: 12 by @Roger Crow I’ve no idea what was in the water at 007 HQ when this was made, but I do know Sean Connery was ready to go out with a laugh. George Lazenby had decided to call it a day after one film, so other actors ...
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    11
    Feb

    On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969) – Film Review

    Director: Peter Hunt Cast: George Lazenby, Diana Rigg, Telly Savalas Certificate: PG By @Roger Crow This has long been one of the most divisive 007 movies in the saga. For years, York-based James Bond expert Tony Greenway has been in one camp and I have been in the other. I couldn’t have reviewed On Her Majesty’s Secret Service without getting ...
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    8
    Feb

    You Only Live Twice (1967) – Film Review

    Director: Lewis Gilbert Cast: Sean Connery, Donald Pleasence, Akiko Wakabayashi, Karin Dor Certificate: PG by @Roger Crow When US spacecraft Jupiter 16 is hijacked from orbit by an unidentified spaceship, the Americans suspect the Soviets. However, the British suspect Japanese involvement since the craft landed in the Sea of Japan. After faking his own death in Hong Kong and being ...
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    4
    Feb

    Thunderball (1965) – Film Review

    Cast: Sean Connery, Claudine Auger, Adolfo Celi Director: Terence Young Certificate: PG by @Roger Crow After the hat trick of the first trio of 007 movies, things went off the rails a little with movie four. By 1965, the franchise was a global money-spinner, but fatigue had started to set in. Little wonder given the fact there had been a ...
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    2
    Feb

    Goldfinger (1964) – Film Review

    Director: Guy Hamilton Cast: Sean Connery, Gert Frobe, Honor Blackman Certificate: PG by @Roger Crow Film makers are like safe crackers, trying to find that perfect combination which will open the doors of success. And the tumblers really fell into place with James Bond’s third outing. From the relatively short, snappy pre-credits sequence in which 007 emerges from the water ...
  • from russia with love film review main
    30
    Jan

    From Russia With Love (1963) – Film Review

    Director: Terence Young Cast: Sean Connery, Robert Shaw, Daniela Bianchi Certificate: PG by @Roger Crow After an impressive debut in 1962, James Bond was back a year later, and the result is just as compelling, albeit a tad uneven. After the death of Dr No in Jamaica, evil organisation SPECTRE seek revenge against Bond. Assassin Donald “Red” Grant looks like ...
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    28
    Jan

    Dr. No (1962) – Film Review

    Director: Terence Young Cast: Sean Connery, Ursula Andress, Joseph Wiseman Certificate: PG by @Roger Crow I can only imagine what life must have been like before James Bond films. In the early days of 1962, the thought of a spy heading a franchise that would last decades was outrageous, but that’s the power of Ian Fleming’s creation. The perfect mix ...
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    24
    Mar

    The Spy Who Loved Me by Ian Fleming (Folio Society) – Review

    By @RogerCrow For many fans of 007, The Spy Who Loved Me is synonymous with that submersible Lotus, steel-toothed villain Jaws, and the epic finale in Stromberg’s watery lair. And there a good chance hardcore James Bond fans will already have read Ian Fleming’s 1962 source novel, which is a very different beast to the 1977 blockbuster it spawned. For ...
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    12
    Oct

    Some Kind of Hero: The James Bond Films – Review

    By Roger Crow Grimsby is not exactly synonymous with James Bond, but it proved crucial in the making of For Your Eyes Only. That’s the sort of trivia you might get if you watch all the extras on that 1981 movie, or you could just wade through Matthew Field, and Ajay Chowdhury’s labour of love James Bond: Some Kind of Hero. ...